What Is Mono Diet? Know Its Pros And Cons From An Expert

Mono diet or monotropic diet in which you eat only one food item or monomeals. Know about its pros and cons.

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: Sep 21, 2021 15:23 IST
 What Is Mono Diet? Know Its Pros And Cons From An Expert

What is a Mono-Diet? The Monotropic or ‘Mono Diet' is a diet in which you eat only one food item (such as potatoes) or one type of food (like fruit). Yes, you read that correctly. There is now a diet extension called 'Mono Meals,' in which peope have to eat only one type of food in each and every meal. For example, they may only eat  Chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner or they may decide to eat Green Vegetables throughout the day for a whole week or two.

To lose weight, people who follow the mono diet eat only one type of food (such as bananas or potatoes). This diet isn't backed up by any scientific evidence. According to some studies, it can cause nutrient deficiencies and muscle loss in addition to weight loss. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dietician Vidhi Chawla who specializes in the field of Diet and Nutrition, to know everything about mono diet.

Mono diet meals

Here are few popular examples of mono diet which people mostly prefer while following this diet:

1. The Sweet potato mono diet

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A small sweet potato has 112 calories in it. Weight loss is aided by the fact that there are also fillings. This means you won't feel hungry and will be able to complete your daily tasks without eating as much. The fibre content of a small sweet potato is estimated to be around 4 grams. They have soluble fibre in them. By forming a gel-like mesh in the stomach, soluble fibre aids weight loss. Also your metabolism slows down when you're dehydrated. Sweet potatoes hydrate cells and stimulate metabolism.

2. The Cabbage soup mono diet

Another well-known mono diet is this one. The cabbage soup diet is a seven-day diet in which you eat cabbage soup two or three times a day and allow yourself to eat other foods from the diet's list on specific days of the week. Cabbage soup typically consists of a tomato-based broth, cabbage, and other vegetables such as carrots and onions. It's very low in calories and is essentially a broth soup. The cabbage soup diet's goal is to cut calories by severely limiting your food intake. In addition to fibre, cabbage contains nutrients that may help with weight loss and management.

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3. Choco mono diet

Dark chocolate is ideal for this diet because it contains the most nutrients. It has less sugar and more antioxidants, which are good for your health. Chocolate may aid weight loss by lowering a person's stress levels. It causes the release of feel-good chemicals and activates the pleasure centres in the brain. This aids in the reduction of stress hormones, which aids in the improvement of your metabolism and weight loss.

Note- We won't be able to include other mono diets, such as the egg-only diet, the apple mono diet, the grapefruit mono diet, and many others.

Pros of mono diet

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The mono diet's simplicity is one of its most appealing features. There are no complicated rules to follow, unlike other fad diets. It also eliminates the need for dieters to keep track of nutrients, calories, or portion sizes and also help you lose weight in the short term, depending on what food and how much you eat. Mono-Diet imposes calorie restriction by eliminating the majority of foods. Any extreme diet is likely to result in weight loss in the short term.

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Cons of Mono diet

The disadvantage of the mono diet is that you can't get enough nutrition from just one food! There is no food that provides everything your body requires, so you will be sacrificing some nutrients. It may have an effect on energy levels, muscle mass and other factors. You'll also consume too much of certain nutrients, which could have negative consequences. Excess sugar, for example, can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The mono diet is not recommended as a long-term solution, according to most experts. It's not sustainable, and it could lead to other compensatory behaviours such as binge eating. At best, it's a temporary fix to jump-start your weight-loss plan until you find something more suitable.

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